True Nature Zen + Yoga for Neurotic Artists – October 2017 Newsletter!

Happy Autumn!

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May you be frolicking in leaves,  drinking spicy tea,  and starting to enjoy those fall sweaters!  Thankfully we don’t need them just yet 😉 Some of us love this season,  and some of us are challenged by it … May yours be one of embracing change,  sitting with what is,  and savoring transformation …

We had a rather profound Autumn equinox sound healing workshop with Jana Dancyncloud on Friday evening.  Singing bowls,  sage,  drum circle and rattles,  and people of all walks of life.  We crammed nearly 30 people (in chairs!) in our little space and the energy was HIGH. Happy to say that Jana will be offering a Candlelight 7 Chakras Meditation / Sound Healing event every 2nd Friday (Oct 13th will be the 1st)- we hope you can make it to one of these events to support your transition into the cooler weather.  And if that sounds a little woo woo to you,  well,  no judgement!  😉

Some special events below as well as our usual offerings!  Please note that now we have two 6 am classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdaysfor you folks who have to rise and shine early and a new class begins Weds Oct 3rd – Yoga for People of Color w/ Celeste (info below).

All of our classes are up to date on!

Other news:

  • We are also stoked about a few series classes this October!   True Nature Zazen: Intro to Zen Meditation begins Sunday nights beginning 10/8 at 7pm (please register by 10/1!) and Yoga for Neurotic Artists begins Wednesdays 10/18 at 7:30pm.
  • Next Tuesday our 7:30pm Aerial Yoga Class will be a karma class to support Neighborhoods Organizing for Change.
  • This Sunday – Runner’s Delight at 4pm is free / donation to all folks who ran or volunteered in the Twin Cities Marathon events!  Both myself and the instructor Chelsea are running it.  If you’re out and about on Sunday,  please cheer us on!!

Info about all of these events is below.  Thank you for your continued support of our little studio!  There is so much GREAT yoga in the Twin Cities and it is an honor and a pleasure to practice with you!

In Gratitude + Big Love!
Mary + Imbue Crew

Aerial Yoga Karma Class to Support Neighborhoods Organizing For Change – Tuesday, Oct 3rd 7:30pm

Join us for a karma Aerial Yoga Class (previous experience recommended) with Bethany Anne Onward of Global CitiZen Retreats

Suggested donation $15-25

All proceeds go to MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC): NOC is a grassroots member-led organization building power in under-resourced communities and communities of color across the Twin Cities, focused on the intersection of race, the economy and public policy.

About Aerial Yoga:
In this class we use an aerial hammock to practice Unnata® Aerial Yoga. Unnata® is sanskrit for ‘Elevated’, because we use the aerial hammock to access a deeper awareness of each posture, find support to strengthen our poses, and of course invert in the silks. The fabric hammock is a prop intended to assist with muscle and fascia release, strengthening, and body alignment. There is a natural playfulness to aerial yoga, and fun is encouraged.

Unless you have practiced Aerial Yoga elsewhere, you are required to attend a pre-requisite Introduction to Aerial Yoga Workshop before attending a drop-in class.

*If you have a spinal condition, injury, or medical issues that prevent you from inverting (glaucoma, heart condition, etc) or backbending, or are pregnant, please obtain your doctor’s permission.

About Global CitiZen Retreats –
We want to take you to extraordinary places around the globe. We want to move with you and breathe with you while we all enjoy the amazing features of these places. We want you to have a relaxing vacation with a touch of adventure, but we don’t want to come to these places, use them, and toss them aside like so many of the disposable things we have become accustomed to in our modern lives.

We want to become educated about the real place, not just the polished surface. We want to find out what could benefit the people, plants, and animals living in these areas, and we want to contribute. To this end, on every international retreat, we will research and select an organization working toward the betterment of that corner of the world. We will hold fundraisers and karma classes ahead of the retreat, and donate part of the retreat cost, to benefit this organization. Additionally, we will organize an optional one-day field trip dedicated to either service or education during each retreat. You get to decide the level of your involvement. You can participate in fundraising and field tripping, or you can just come along and laugh, play, eat, and move with us, knowing that your presence is contributing in its own way.

New Class:

6:00 pm YOGA for People of Color begins 10/3

Together students work with the natural breath through yoga and meditation.  On the mat, we shed our minority status and find compassion in self-expression and exploration beyond perceived limitations.  We create room for healing through togetherness, belonging and community – to simply be with the body and the breath; Finding what lives within us to flourish beyond our practice.

This is a safe space for the PoC community and we thank everyone for supporting our shared empowerment through a healing space.  Hate is unwelcome and will not thrive here in our community.

Sliding Scale $7-14

True Nature Zazen: Intro to Zen Meditation

4 week series beginning Sunday, Oct 8th 7-8:00pm.

$65 – Please REGISTER HERE by Oct. 1st.  Must have minimum of 6 students 

A beginning zen group that provides support and encouragement for your meditation practice.

Are You interested in meditation, mindfulness or have just begun zazen practice on your own? Sit. Breathe. Embrace your true nature. Grasping new enlightened understanding with meditation methods, techniques, readings and discussions.


Discussion and guidance on mindfulness, Zen basics and methods with sitting meditation periods.


Chris Perricelli: Teacher, student, meditator, musician.

Before moving to the Twin Cities, Chris learned and attended weekly Zen meditations which established the roots that solidified a strong personal daily Zen practice. With over a decade of practice and a deepened understanding, his kind and respectful demeanor naturally welcomes you to sit, breathe and be as you are.

Candlelight 7 Chakras Meditation / Healing with the Crystal Singing Bowls – Friday Oct. 13th 7:30pm 

Candlelight 7 Chakras Meditation Imbue Yoga Studio Minneapolis

Suggested Donations: $15-$20. This workshop will be offered on the 2nd Fri. of each month. Chakra of Focus for Oct 13th: Root

Let us help you quiet your mind and emotions as we chant through the chakras to release stress and tension. Feel the gentle flow of the guided Chakra Hollow Bone Meditation as it helps to relax and balance the body/mind connection. Float blissfully in the positive waves of the group energetic healing all by candlelight assisted by the amazing sounds of the Crystal Singing Bowls. Leave refreshed, relaxed, and renewed. A wonderful way to end your work week.

No meditation experience needed. Beginning to advanced meditation students welcomed. Ages:Teens-Adults. Bring a yoga mat, blanket, and pillow.

Yoga for Neurotic Artists – 4 week series beginning Oct 18th – 7:30pm 

$65 – Please register here by Oct 12th.  Must have a minimum of 6 students.

Congratulations – you have self selected as an Artist!  And kudos – you’ve also self-selected as neurotic, so you must have a sense of humor! Please join Mary Bue –  teacher,  musician and founder of Imbue Yoga for this 4 week series delving into the existential dilemmas of being an artist.  All artists welcome:  musicians, painters,  writers,  cooks,  gardeners,  quilters,  sculptors,  ceramicists,  adult coloring book superstars!

In each class,  there will be a short lecture,  physical moving/stretching practice,  breath-work,   a short meditation and then some free writing exercises.  Mary’s goal is to help people tap into their creative wells using yoga postures,  breathing & philosophy and also have some tools to take home,  to the studio and to the stage.
We will delve into these possibilities during our lectures + discussion:

  •  Creative blockages
  • Tools to deal with stage fright / public speaking
  •  Anxiety / depression that sometimes accompanies creative types + some techniques that can help (Mary is not a therapist so these are only suggestions)
  • Yogic lifestyle tips including morals/ethics,  eating healthy on tour or in manic creative mode,  mindfulness
  • The meaning of PRACTICE
  • The overwhelm that can come along with doing the business of art + music + creative endeavors
  • How criticism and failure are our friends
  • Working with the ego
  • Using dreams to spark inspiriation
  • And so much more!

Recommended (but not necessary) reading:
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
The Yamas + Niyamas by Deborah Adele
The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
Start Where You Are by Pema Chödrön
The title for this class is partially inspired by a book by Steven Baker:  How To Live with a Neurotic Cat  
Mary Bue is a certified yoga instructor, founder of Imbue Yoga Studio and an indie musician with 7+ albums under her belt.  She has independently toured in 40+ states,  written thousands of unpublished poems, written in heaps of journals and created stacks of unseen paintings. She has been Artist in Residence at The Seaside Institute in Seaside, FL,  Big Cypress Nature Preserve and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM.  She fights with her ego every day and keeps sane practicing yoga,  cooking,  running and of course,  making art.  More about Mary + her music at

PLANT BASED YOGA + Vegan Potluck – Friday October 20th 6pm Class + 7pm Potluck 

Suggested donation will be given to support a compassionate organization to be determined soon!

Compassionate beings unite (all are welcome – being vegan is NOT a requirement)!  In this class we will explore a lighthearted,  gentle flow + Yin practice to stretch out,  find balance and build community.  We will begin our practice with a common intention: to reduce suffering in all beings and increase compassion.  After our physical practice we will do a powerful, compassionate, heart-centered meditation technique to send healing and goodwill to ourselves,  our neighbors,  our world and possibly even to our enemies. After class we’ll share in plant-based refreshments (both provided by Imbue Yoga and potluck style if you want to bring something to share).

Please bring plate, cup & utensils (Imbue will also provide some) and a dish to share if you’d like!  Come for just the yoga,  the potluck,  or both!

Yoga for your Dosha w/ Andrea Claassen – Saturday, Nov. 11 4-6pm

$30 – Please register here by Nov. 7th to reserve your spot!

Ayurveda Workshop: Understanding your dosha & a yoga practice according to your Dosha
During this workshop you will discover your unique individual constitution, understand how it plays a role in your daily life, learn how to find balance with your dosha and how to practice yoga according to your dosha. “In Ayurveda, the five elements that are found in all living things—ether, air, fire, water, and earth—are the building blocks of life. While this foundation unites all humans, the manifestation of those elements through the doshas is what gives rise to our differences. How the three doshas appear, and in what proportion, is what makes each of us unique.” – Johnny Brannigan
Andrea Claassen is a certified personal trainer, 200 hour registered yoga instructor and ayurvedic specialist.  Her mission is to help women learn to lift heavy, incorporate yoga, and find their favorite form of movement. She does this by teaching her Peaceful Power Practices centered around fitness, yoga & Ayurveda. Andrea believes training is so much more than working out it truly is about helping you evolve your identity.

Merging With The Elements: A Vinyasa Flow w/ Cacao + Sacred Drumming w/ Amy Heilman

Saturday, November 25th 3-5pm

$35 before Nov 20 / $45 Register here

Explore the fusion of the ancient internal practices of Yoga and Shamanism. Yoga (union with the Divine) and Shamanism (interaction with the spirit world) both are practices traditionally designed to lead us to the direct flow of wisdom. We begin the class with a cup of Sacred Cacao to connect us to Spirit and to help expand our Heart Chakra (30 min). We then use the ancient teachings of Nature’s Five Elements for this intense and transformational yoga practice(90 min). Our experience will be deepened by the constant thread of Sacred Sounds performed live.

Guided by the cycles of the Five Elements, we will embody the energies of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether. As we become each of these elements, we will learn valuable lessons that will allow us to reveal our passions, to shift perceptions, and to dream our world into being. You will leave the practice feeling spiritually cleansed, emotionally empowered, and expansive….ready to live life the life that wants to live in you! Now is the time to reveal yourself to yourself. As the Hopi Elders stated: “We are the ones that we’ve been waiting for.”

BIO: Amy is a Birth Doula, Yoga Teacher, and Spiritual Guide. She walks the Earth with gentleness, courage, and self knowledge. As a Lightworker, Amy is humbly devoted to the basic goodness of human life and radiates that goodness out into the world for the peace and sanity of others. Her calm, nurturing nature and playful spirit support students on their journey of self-discovery and transformation. Her presence as a healer embodies qualities of mother, sister, and best friend. Through simple, creative sequencing, she creates a welcoming environment for students to explore their bodies, their voices, and their spiritual presence. She is inspired by her own practice of nine years where she has laid her yoga mat and bright spirit on top of mountains in Spain, on sidewalks in Italy, and inside numerous hostels around the world. Amy is fascinated by the ancient practices of Shamanism and Zen and has a deep love for plants and the wisdom of Nature. When Amy is not teaching yoga, you can find her in the kitchen cooking wholesome meals, walking around the lakes, and shakin’ her booty to some good bluegrass music. She is committed to a lifelong practice of healing and transformation.

Nourish with Ayurveda: 6 Tastes and the Practice of Vegan Ayurvedic Cooking w/ Molly McManus

December 15th 6-9:30pm + Dec. 16th 9am -3:30pm – 10 Hour Immersion!

Register here: $199 before 12/1,  $225 after – 15 spots available

NOURISH with AYURVEDA – Vegan Style! w/ Molly McManus from Yoga North –

Ayurveda is Yoga’s sister science. It is the practice of observing the elements of nature around and within us, and maintaining or restoring health by balancing those elements. This intensive will introduce you to Ayurveda (vegan style!), how it is uniquely expressed in your physical and mental constitution, and how -with this knowledge- you can use diet and lifestyle to support your health. Intensive includes: Ayurveda for Wellbeing: Intro – roots & samkhya Elements, Doshas & Gunas, Prakriti and Vikriti 6 Tastes and the Practice of Vegan Ayurvedic Cooking Dinacharya – The Art of Daily Cleansing and Nourishing

6-8pm: Ayurveda for Wellbeing 
Intro – roots & samkhya
Elements, Doshas & Gunas
Prakriti and Vikriti
8-9:30pm Kitchen at The Future (next door):
6 Tastes and the Practice of Vegan Ayurvedic Cooking
Space Prep – orientation, 6 taste intro and spices
9a-12pm Kitchen:
6 Tastes and the Practice of Vegan Ayurvedic Cooking
Spices, Hot Drink, Ayurvedic Warming Stews, Sweet Treat
Wrap up – 6 Tastes and the Practice of Vegan Ayurvedic Cooking
Dinacharya – The Art of Daily Cleansing and Nourishing

About Molly McManus:
Molly McManus, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Somatic Educator, Co-owner

Molly has flirted with yoga and Eastern Philosophy all her life.  She found her home in Duluth and committed to the practice and teaching at Yoga North ISYI.  She enjoys teaching specialized workshops and her work as faculty for the International SomaYoga Institute that is one of only 23 schools in the world that certifies yoga teachers and therapists.

Molly is sought out for her special areas of interest with chronic pain and stress in classes like SomaYoga for Chronic Pain, Making a Change for Good- 30 Days to Compassionate Self-Discipline, The Chemistry of Joy, and Yoga for Stress, Anxiety, Depressions, and PTSD.  Molly has not only studied these areas extensive she has up close and personal experience with the incredible efficacy of Yoga Therapy with her own journey through chronic pain, depressions and anxiety.

She engages in continuous training in anatomy, therapeutic yoga, adaptive yoga, and neuromuscular re-education techniques, as well as any great yogic philosophy courses she can find.  The diversity in her interests, background, education and experience help her to create a relaxed, inviting and fun atmosphere to teach the wildly beneficial life skills of yoga.

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were walls.”

Register here: $199 before 12/1,  $225 after – 15 spots available

Crystal Healing Session: Soundbath + Reiki Meditation Saturday, December 30th 7pm 

Please Register by December 23rd! Register here.
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Crystal Healing Sessions blend a variety of energetic healing modalities like Reiki, sonic vibration, crystals and meditation to create a hypnotically soothing experience to reset your mind and rekindle your spirit.

By using these powerful energy-soothing tools, we hope to bring you to a truly relaxing place where self-healing can occur. Each of the elements of this session – sound and energy healing – gently guide you into a meditative state where you can then explore deeper aspects of yourself, in return bringing resolution, clarity, and connection. This session is meant to be a gift-to-self, a time for you to pause and look inward.

Meet Your Instructors

Ashley Carlson and Caitlin Gottschalk are both certified yoga instructors (RYT200). Ashley is Reiki II Certified and passionate about tapping into the innate healing capacity of our own energetic beings. Caitlin has been composing ambient music since 2010 and through that found crystal singing bowls. Together they believe in the transformative properties that crystals, meditation and  sound can have on the body and soul and cannot wait to share it with you!

What to bring to a Crystal Healing Session:

  • A yoga mat
  • Comfy clothes
  • A Small Pillow (optional)
  • Your own gemstones or crystals (optional)